With public availability of the Windows 8 Community Preview (aka Beta), we can now get our hands on, and interact with, Metro style desktop applications for the first time.
I'm sure that we could, as a community, gleen a lot of useful information from an in depth examination - identifying things in the preview applications that work really well, as well as things that work ... less well.
How would you suggest I go about asking such a question?
Why it belongs on UX ...
- Windows 8 is coming, and Metro apps are coming with it, for good or for ill.
- Metro "thinking" is already having an impact on websites and other applications
- It's too big for one person to do - details I might overlook would be noticed by someone else, things you think trivial might be considered important (and voted up) by many.
- I believe we could identify definitive answers that would be helpful for future developers and designers to reference
Why it might be a problem ...
- How do we avoid a parade of people proclaiming that it's a grand mistake and we should stay with the way its done by Windows 7, Mac OX X, Macintosh System 6, BE OS, OS/2 Warp, Lisa, AmigaOS etc
- How do we keep answers more to the objective end of the spectrum? I'm
- By focusing on the Win8CP, is it too localised in time?
- I'm sure there will be entire books written on Metro design, so perhaps this question would be too wide in scope?
- I know that List questions are generally frowned upon, for obvious reasons.
Update 11 March: I've taken the plunge and posted the question. I'm eagerly anticipating the answers other people put forward.